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Bedford's Thomas O'Rourke, tackles Pinkerton's Ryan Day, on Friday, in Bedford. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)

Exeter tops first football Power Poll


Exeter High School began the defense of its NHIAA Division I football title Saturday with a 48-6 rout of Dover, earning the top spot in the Union Leader/WGIR/WMUR Power Poll as a unanimous No. 1 selection.

Bedford, in its first season as a Division I school under the new NHIAA alignment, gained the No. 2 spot after stunning perennial Division I contender Pinkerton Academy of Derry, 14-12, Friday night.

Concord, which rolled over Manchester Central Saturday night, 35-6, is right behind Bedford, at No. 3.

Rounding out the top 10 are Nashua South, Pinkerton, Winnacunnet of Hampton, Keene, Trinity, Londonderry and Plymouth Regional. Merrimack and Bishop Guertin of Nashua also received votes.

For more on the Power Poll, see staff reporter Roger Brown's "First & 10" column on Tuesday in the Union Leader's print and electronic editions, and on UnionLeader.com.


UNION LEADER/WGIR/WMUR FOOTBALL POWER POLL
Sept. 9, 2013
The top 10 high school football teams in New Hampshire, as voted by the staffs of the New Hampshire Union Leader, WGIR AM and FM, and WMUR-TV after Week 1 of the 2013 NHIAA season, with first-place votes/points in parentheses:

THIS WEEK
1. Exeter, 1-0 (6/60)
2. Bedford, 1-0 (52)
3. Concord, 1-0 (50)
4. Nashua South, 1-0 (32)
5. Pinkerton, 0-1 (30)
6. Winnacunnet, 1-0 (25)
7. Keene, 1-0 (24)
8. Trinity, 1-0 (21)
9. Londonderry, 1-0 (19)
10. Plymouth, 1-0 (11)

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES (points in parentheses): Bishop Guertin, 0-1 (4); Merrimack, 1-0 (2)

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